An exciting two days – the first day we braved the weather in the woods. Bows were shaped below thunder and hail. The second day the Wincobank 61st Scouts kindly lent us their scout house, where the access to shelter and a kettle was well received. 8 bows were crafted, one broke whilst stringing – such is the nature of wood. The level of skill from the young people was impressive, and the perseverance despite adversity was something they should be very proud of. I think we have met some of the crafts people of the future!
Over hundreds of years, Woolley Wood in North Sheffield has the time to produce one of the most magnificent populations of Bluebells in South Yorkshire. To celebrate this, and the woodland’s rich industrial heritage we are holding the Bluebell Festival on the 2nd May. There will be activities for the whole family!
Wincobank Hill was in the international news when the world’s most famous cycle race; the Tour de France; picked Jenkin Road on the route of stage two. The road would turn out to be the steepest incline of the entire race, and ten of thousands of people gathered to watch the cyclist struggle up it.
Roots of Iron celebrated the Hill by creating an Iron Age village. Roger and students from the University of Sheffield created the world’s first bicycle powered bloomery furnace, using clay from Woolley Woods and a bike that had been welded together (several times) in Roger’s garage. Local young people helped shape the furnace and pedal the bike to power the furnace. The Friends of Wincobank Hill, actors Chris Binns and John Overton helped provide the Celtic and Roman dramatics.
Local schools also contributed to the atmosphere having helped Heeley City Farm decorate their Iron Age roundhouse, and create a giant torque land art that could be viewed from the air.